After the war, saddled with an ageing husband who became increasingly paranoid, she took over the responsibility of single-handedly caring for her young children, while teaching herself such skills as shorthand, typing and bookkeeping so as to get, and keep, an office job. Throughout this time, her one ambition in life was to live in the United States, an ambition she ultimately fulfilled after first living in Borneo, then London and Paris. Finally, at the age of 50, she boarded the SS Queen Mary from Southampton, and on that venerable liner’s final voyage sailed across the Atlantic. In the United States, she was reunited with all her children, now grown with successful careers of their own.
The author is the mother of Frank Ching, a Hong Kong-based writer and commentator.